Education has played an important role in many of the EF 1 projects. This has ranged, for instance, from educating beneficiaries on different aspects of energy efficiency, to building capacity of local and national decision makers, to enabling the provision of electricity in schools. The project from Malawi highlighted below involved a number of educational aspects which together led to improvements in access to energy and in local livelihoods.
There are a number of different ways in which EF 1 projects improved access to modern energy services. For instance, some provided direct access to energy products for unserved populations, such as solar home systems and improved cook stoves, whereas others were focused at the institutional level, such as improving capacity for energy related policy improvements or industry. The project highlighted below was able to impact both directly through the construction of biogas plants and more broadly through building the capacity in the biogas sector in Kenya.
Under the first Energy Facility (EF 1) 74 projects were awarded with a Facility grant in 2007 and many of these projects have now ended or are nearing completion. As such, it is timely to consider some of the positive results and impacts that have been generated through these projects. Below is a brief summary which highlights some of the key impacts of an EF 1 project in Cape Verde. Over the coming weeks we will also be introducing examples of positive results from other projects.
The projects implemented under EF 1 covered a variety of activities – from large scale transmission projects, to off-grid solar PV projects, to capacity building, to name a few. Continuing with our look at some of the successes from EF 1, below is a brief description of a project which successfully combined business enterprise training with energy products to enhance energy services across three countries.
The Second Call for Proposals of the Energy Facility with a budget of EUR 55 million was launched in March 2013, with a deadline for submission of Concept Notes and Full Applications on 3 June 2013.